ISLAMABAD: Pakistan here on Thursday termed Indian criticism on its institutions as baseless and said those involved in this propaganda should first look into their internal matters. Talking to media during weekly press briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam has said negative reporting in connection with Hamid Mir’s episode is done, which does not surprise Pakistan.
She condemned attack on Hamid Mir and prayed for his speedy recovery. On polling in Indian held Kashmir, the spokesperson said this election cannot be the alternative of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. She said cooperation between Iran and India regarding energy is their bilateral matter. On Pakistan-Iran energy cooperation, particularly import of electricity, Tasnim Aslam said international sanctions do not hurt this agreement as purchase of electricity from Iran is government-to-government agreement.
Regarding Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project, she rejected the impression about termination of the project and said there are funding issues. About sanctions on this project, she said building of extensive infrastructure and international financing take it to a category where international sanctions are applicable. Responding to a question about Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Iran, the spokesperson said it will take place before 15th of next month. She said process of meetings between both the countries officials is in progress in order to make the visit substantial.
She said visit of Iranian Foreign Minister was not on cards, while the Interior Minister will visit Pakistan soon. About the visit of US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan James Dobbins, the spokesperson said he will be holding meetings with the Prime Minister, Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Interior Minister and Chief of Army Staff. She said Pakistan embassy in Washington during the past few months has extensively engaged James Dobbins who is US focal person. Tasnim Aslam said Dobbins will be sharing views with Pakistani leaders on matters of regional security, Afghanistan and our bilateral ties.